This Tiny Office Is Located in the Treetops

Because you have an office in your home you can design that space to suit your style without worrying about what co-workers or your boss would think. Here is one example of that principle perhaps taken to extremes, with beautiful results…

Imagine that you are going to be going into business for yourself at home or telecommuting to work, and you want a home office space which is separate from your main living area.

Your first thought might be to tack on an extension to your home. But then you might start thinking about building a tiny house instead to function as your private office.

But one thing you probably wouldn’t think about doing is putting that tiny office in the treetops.

This Tiny Office Is Located in the Treetops
This awesome tree house office was commissioned for a client in Shropshire, England. It has a cool medieval look to it with the arch windows and doors and the mullioned glass.

This Tiny Office Is Located in the Treetops
Shingles around the lower part of the siding provide a unique texture, and help to give the office even more character.

This Tiny Office Is Located in the Treetops
The interior of the office is the very height of luxury! And its functionality certainly extends way beyond that of your typical office. While it is meant to be used as a study during the day, after work is complete, it functions more like a den. There is a furnace for heat, Sky TV for entertainment, and a kitchenette with a wine cooler.

This Tiny Office Is Located in the Treetops
You can see the wine cooler in this shot. You also can actually see the part of the “office” which serves the actual purpose of office space!

Judging from this, I would say that the client is more focused on play than on work. It seems like about 90% of the “office” is given over to leisure.

This Tiny Office Is Located in the Treetops
But you know what? If I had an “office” this cool, I also wouldn’t want to just do my work in it. I’d want to hang out in here constantly. So that makes total sense to me.

Discover more about the Tree House Office at Blue Forest.

5 Smart Home office design tips for the remote worker

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s not difficult to imagine the appeal of working from home in a remote office. But certain issues arise from that dream, such as where in your home to locate the office, how to minimize distractions, and the ever so difficult task of staying motivated.

In this article, we’ll explore various options to maximize efficiency. You may be looking for a new job because your current employer frowns on working from home: Check job websites to see if home-working is mentioned before applying, it is not really a question you can ask if it is not mentioned.

Location, Location, Location

Your employer permits working from home, and you’ve obtained permission to do so. You are lucky because not every employer allows this; some tasks just cannot be done away from your colleagues. If you work in the construction industry you are unlikely to be allowed to work from home. The next step is to decide where to locate your home office. The obvious location would be in the basement, away from the rest of the house, right? Wrong. The best location would be one with windows that open, allowing some fresh outdoor air to come indoors.

Fifty shades of colors other than grey

Believe it or not, color plays a major role in productivity. According to Angela Wright, color expert, what type of work you’ll be doing should influence your palette choices. Blue is good for the mind, Red stimulates the body, Green promotes balance, and Yellow is good for emotional health. For example, if you do mind-work all day, Angela would probably recommend blue to keep you focused, with red accents to keep your energy level from dropping through the day. If you are a designer and you want to be creative, blue will not be the color for you. Yellow would be a better color since it stimulates your ego and spirits, making you more optimistic.

I can have exercise?

Just as important as the physical properties of the office itself, is how you comport yourself in it. The biggest killer of effectiveness is to allow your office to become more than an office. In a world where work is boring, and funny cat videos are only a few clicks away, it is exceptionally important to stay focused on work. Gloria M. Miele, Ph.D. suggests the biggest distraction in a home office is a television. Avoiding your favorite programs may seem an arduous task, but is the easiest way to avoid distractions. Regular breaks to walk around and exercise are also vital.

Socially antisocial?

The biggest drawback to working from home is one you wouldn’t expect: Lonliness. That’s right; as much as you may enjoy working from home, the social part of your brain still longs to be part of the team in the office, so the way around this is to get the best of both worlds into your office. A simple application called iDoneThis allows just that. IDoneThis tracks your progress and achievements, and sends that report to the office, so you can share with your team.

Balance is Key

Lastly, finding balance to your home/home office is essential. Letting other members of your household know your office is off limits is a good first step. You need to always remember that working from home is a bit of a misnomer. You’re not working from home, you’re working from your office, which just so happens to be inside your home. As long as you keep this in mind, you’re on the path to success. But there is a flip side to this as well; remember that you are at home. It is recommended that you allow yourself a short break every couple hours to relax, and keep your mind sharp.

Photo Sources: 1. Northworks Architects + Planners, 2. Cynthia Mason Interiors, 3. John Kraemer & Sons, 4. TerraCotta Properties, 5. Mark Newman Design, 6. Diane Bergeron Interiors, 7. Ownby Design, 8. Kathy Daukant Interior Design, 9. Jennifer Pacca Interiors, 10. Highmark Builders, 11. Armonia Decors, 12. Butter Lutz Interiors, 13. Artistic Designs for Living, 14. After Design, 15. Anthony Wilder Design/Build, 16. Butler Armsden Architects, 17. Engberg Design, 18. Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, 19. Kitchens & Baths, 20. Rossington Architecture, 21. Studio K B, 22. Leslie Goodwin Photography



How to Build a Wall Mounted Stand Up Desk

Stand up desks are trending as more people learn about the health risks of sitting for long hours – check out this DIY stand up desk…

Easily, one of the best projects I’ve built for myself in the last couple of years is this simple wall mounted, stand up desk. I used to always just sit hunched over at my work station editing all my videos, pictures, blog posts, etc. It always felt “comfy” at first, but sooner or later, my lower back would be screaming at me. It hurt.

I finally couldn’t take it anymore, so I decided to try building myself one of those fancy, smancy stand up desks I had been reading about.

And… I’ll never go back. It’s incredible.

I will say that it takes a little bit to get used to standing while working on your computer if you’ve never done it before. You might have to start using it in shorts bursts at first. I used to stand all day long when I worked at a sign shop several years back, so I was somewhat used to it.

Your feet will probably be sore for a little bit, and you might tire out sooner than you used to. But within a few days, you’ll probably feel so much better. Energized, really.

My posture was so much better, and it took the pressure off my back once I figured out how to shift around every so often to stay comfortable. Being able to walk directly up to the desk and keep moving around while working seemed to give me a feeling of freedom and productivity.

Anyway, enough of that. I feel much better using it, plus I designed plenty of storage cubby holes and work surface on top that comes in really handy. Not only that, but it also tucks in tight to the corner of my office, so it takes advantage of an area that normally goes wasted in many rooms.

If you’d like to build a similar one for yourself, I created a video that shows you how I built mine.

My Corner, Wall Mounted, Stand Up Desk Dimensions:

Since making that video, I’ve had a few people ask for the dimensions of my desk, so here they are:

All pieces listed are 3/4″ thick plywood.
(I used solid 3/4″ thick wood for the 2 silver trim pieces on top though.)

Longer Top Panel: 16″ x 47-1/2″

Shorter Top Panel: 16″ x 31-1/2″

(2) Bottom Panels: 16″ x 31-1/2″

(2) Outer Upright Supports: 16″ x 6-1/2″

(6) Inner Upright Supports: 15-1/4″ x 6-1/2″

Longer Wall Mount: 46-5/8″ x 6-3/8″ (allows for wiggle room while mounting)

Shorter Wall Mount: 45-7/8″ x 6-3/8″ (ditto)

Hidden Bracket Underneath to Attach Top Panels: 1-1/2″ x 12″

Longer Top Trim: 1-1/2″ x 47-1/2″

Shorter Top Trim: 1-1/2″ x 46-3/4″

Also, I decided to snap a few pictures and label the part sizes to make it a little easier to understand. Here you go:

And here’s a few pictures from other angles just to give you a better idea of what it looks like:

Notice that I made one side longer than the other instead of doing an angled miter joint right down the middle. I mostly built it this way for simplicity, but I also figured that it would give me a little bit more room for writing or drawing if needed without the seam getting in the way.

Also, if you like the paint detail I did to the work surface, I made a video that shows you how I created it here.

I wanted to throw in this shot of how the wall brackets continue past the cubby holes and meet at the wall corner. They help support the wall edge of the top panels and are a simple way to mount the desk on the wall without any legs or extra supports of any kind.

If you want to know how I found the wall studs to mount the wall brackets, I have two videos here that shows you a couple of different ways to easily do it without a stud finder.

If you look closely, you can see the big holes I drilled on both bottom panels for power cords to drop through to plug into the wall.

The desk works great and and has held up just fine from constant use. The only thing I would probably change if I did it over again would be to protect it with a clear lacquer or water based polyurethane instead of the finishing paste wax.

The wax works ok to keep spills from soaking through (as long as I clean it up quickly)…. but I’ve noticed that it does still soak up oils from my skin where my arms & hands lean up against it. (Remember, it’s mounted at elbow height, so you tend to rest your arms against it all the time.)

So there you go. Hopefully that gives you a better idea of how I built my wall mounted, stand up desk. It was a fairly simple project and has helped my back feel much better & made me feel more productive.

If you like it, feel free to let me know what you think below!

– Kevin